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August 27, 2019

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital research infrastructure ecosystem supporting research, education and innovation, has announced $2M in funding to support the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ (CARL) Portage Network. CARL Portage is a national, library-based research data management (RDM) network that fosters initiatives to build capacity and to coordinate...

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August 15, 2019

To enhance the security of its resources, Compute Canada is modifying the configuration of the SSH security protocol used to connect to its clusters. SSH protects the information transmitted between the user and the cluster, and verifies the identity of both parties. To learn more about SSH, please read the Compute Canada wiki page: https://docs.computecanada.ca/wiki/SSH

The new configuration will affect all users...

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August 10, 2019

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital research infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem supporting research, education and innovation, will receive a Government of Canada investment of $137M to support its activities from 2020 – 2024.

Announced in the penultimate year of CANARIE’s current mandate (2015-2020), this funding commitment enables the organization to seamlessly transition services and activities into its next mandate and ensures that CANARIE can continue...

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August 5, 2019

This summer, WestGrid partnered with the University of Calgary's Research Computing Services team and the University of British Columbia's Advanced Research Computing (ARC) team to host two successful Research Computing Summer Schools. Both events were at capacity, selling out their spots within weeks of registration opening.

Combined, the two schools hosted nearly 400 attendees, and delivered hands-on training across a range of introductory and advanced research computing topics. The UBC School event livestreamed some of its...

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July 31, 2019

WestGrid's quarterly newsletter is now available to read online. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive WestGrid newsletters, sign up here.

Stories this month include:

  • A welcome to Ahmad Bisher, WestGrid's new Director, Strategy and...
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July 30, 2019

Over the last year, WestGrid has been adding developer expertise to its team in order to meet researchers' growing needs for specialized software and services that support their research projects.

WestGrid's developer team is led by Senior Developer Ikenna Okpala, who joined WestGrid in 2018 and has more than 12 years experience delivering projects in various sectors ranging from government to medical to e-commerce. A specialist in web development, he subscribes to agile, pair programming (where required), behaviour driven (BDD), DRY...

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July 25, 2019

SHARCNET, a partner of Compute Ontario's, has a training webinar coming up that would be of interest to WestGrid users. This session is being webcast online and don't require a SHARCNET or Compute Canada account to participate.

Fundamentals of working at the command line at Graham

Wednesday, July 31
9:00 - 10:00 am Pacific

While it is becoming increasingly popular for HPC users to interact with the systems...

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July 24, 2019

Three HPC job opportunities have deadlines fast approaching at the end of this month. For more information, click the links below to read the full postings and apply online. 

University of British Columbia - Advanced Research Computing (ARC)
Systems Administrator II, ARC
Deadline to apply: July 28
The Systems Administrator II, ARC designs and implements digital research infrastructure (DRI) systems hardware and software solutions, defines systems scope, and provides...

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July 6, 2019

Notice to users: The Cedar system will be unavailable July 15-16. This outage is necessary to complete upgrades to Cedar’s /home and /scratch filesystems.

During this time, users will not be able to log in or run jobs on the cluster. Any jobs in progress at the time of the outage will be stopped and users will need to re-submit them once Cedar is back online on July 17.

If you have questions regarding the upcoming downtime, please email support@computecanada....

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July 4, 2019

To help guide the Government of Canada in making its science more open and accessible, it is asking for feedback from users and stakeholders of open science in Canada.

Do you:

  • Use, or wish to use, data generated by government scientists?
  • Need to access scientific articles published by government scientists?
  • Wish to see government science in a format that is easier to understand?
  • Work with government scientists to advance projects?
  • Use government science to communicate to the public?...
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